Today is World Book Day. It was started by UNESCO and the tradition still continues. April 23 has been selected as World Book Day to pay tribute to great literary figures like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day.
For the year 2019, Sharjah, UAE has been declared as the World Book Capital. The idea behind celebrating this day is to o promote literacy and help everyone to have access to knowledge.
This year the theme of the event is:
“Books are a form of cultural expression that lives through and as part of a chosen language. Each publication is created in a distinct language and is intended for a language-specific reading audience. A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used and appreciated in a given linguistic and cultural setting. This year we highlight this important dimension because 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, led by UNESCO, to reaffirm the commitment of the international community in supporting indigenous peoples to preserve their cultures, knowledge and rights,” says Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO
Here are the 10 greatest books of all time. Grab one and start reading:
- In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- The Odyssey by Homer
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Here’s what the world is up to on this World Book Day: